The Metamorphosis

Read by David Barnes

(4.5 stars; 705 reviews)

The Metamorphosis (in German, Die Verwandlung, "The Transformation") is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915, and arguably the most famous of his works along with the longer works The Trial and The Castle. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a giant "monstrous vermin". (Summary from Wikipedia) (2 hr 34 min)


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amazing narration

(5 stars)

this is by far the best narration I have heard on this site, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this work

A wonderful recording

(5 stars)

Many thanks to Mr Barnes for his wonderful reading of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis", a nightmarish and chilling tale of horror and abandonment. It is one of the most powerful texts written by Kafka and quite worth listening to.


(4 stars)

It can be frightening how easy it is to alienate someone that ceases to follow social norms.

Just like Pay per View

(5 stars)

Excellent narration. Slow, dignified, fitting for Kafka. High quality 128 bps. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your life to share you impressions of Kafka with us.

Outstanding Narration

(5 stars)

Firstly, the book itself is kafka’s only completed novel - and secondly its ending is frustrating and asks more than it answers. But that’s why I like it. You will argue with Kafka throughout the book - again, another reason to enjoy it. Mr Barnes, the narrator, delivers the book in a way no other audiobook version of Kafka’s other novels (I’ve listened to them all many times over) do. He reads it as I like to imagine Franz would like. Go on, listen to it and prepare to be questioned, poked and prodded until he provokes the most heated argument you will ever have with a dead author.


(5 stars)

I'm very excited to listen to this book. I actually recognized the name of the reader from " Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." His voice is perfect and I can't wait to stumble on some more.

Great Reading

(5 stars)

I have yet to find a Librivox recording read as well as this. Iconic story delivered very well.


(5 stars)

Among the best of Librivox. Narrator is spot on and the book is bomb.